An emotional state triggered by internal (e.g., fantasy) and/or external (e.g., visual) sexual cues, consisting of interacting components including physiological (particularly genital) changes and subjective experience (Chivers 2005).
Sexual arousal is one of several components of the human sexual response cycle. It is characterized by changes in physiology and/or subjective experience, though these facets may not always coincide with each other (Chivers et al. 2010; Janssen 2011; see below). Physiological changes resulting from activation of the sympathetic nervous system include pupil dilation, increased heart rate, and increased respiration rate; these changes, however, are not unique to sexual arousal, therefore researchers focus physiological measurements of sexual arousal on genital changes associated with vasocongestion (Chivers et al. 2013). Subjective sexual arousalrefers to one’s emotional...
KeywordsSexual Arousal Sexual Stimulus Genital Response Subjective Sexual Arousal Vaginal Pulse Amplitude
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